Saturday, July 4, 2015

How many Philly-area residents could lose food stamp benefits?


The U.S. House of Representatives is slated to vote this afternoon on significant cuts to food stamps.

The proposed $4 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would reduce the number of people eligible to receive aid. 

If the House approves the cuts, how many residents in southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey would no longer receive food stamp benefits?

The Atlantic Wire calculated what the impact of the cuts might be in each congressional district. In all, about 83,100 people in the greater region could lose benefits, according to the website's estimates.

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  • Here are approximations of how many people could lose their food stamp eligibility under the cuts, which the site calculated using food-stamp-enrollment rates and poverty levels for 2011:


    1st District (Delaware and Philadelphia counties): 15,000 people

    2nd District (Montgomery and Philadelphia counties): 17,000 people

    6th District (Berks, Chester, Lehigh and Montgomery counties): 3,700 people

    7th District (Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties): 2,800 people

    8th District (Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties): 3,400 people

    13th District (Montgomery and Philadelphia counties): 7,100 people

    15th District (Berks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties): 6,700 people

    16th District (Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties): 8,300 people

    New Jersey

    1st District (Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties): 5,700 people

    2nd District (Atlantic, Camden and Gloucester counties): 6,000 people

    3rd District (Burlington, Camden and Ocean counties): 3,000 people

    4th District (Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties): 4,400 people

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